Pennsylvania reports record flu season


The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting that 256 people died from the flu during the 2017-2018 season, the highest number since record keeping began more than a decade ago.

One hundred more people died from flu than in the previous season.

There were more than 121,300 reported flu cases, 50,000 more than the 2016-17 season.

“That highlights the importance of our most important prevention effort for getting the flu, and that’s getting a flu shot,” Health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said.

Levine says Pennsylvania has been working to increase flu reporting to better track the number of cases. She said the Health Department is already working to launch an aggressive campaign on the importance of prevention.

“We will be ready with our flu campaign in the fall to highlight the importance of people getting ahead of things and getting their flu shots in October,” Levine said.

Six pediatric deaths occurred during the 2017-2018 flu season. Health officials recommended children get an annual flu shot, starting at 6 months old.

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